The next time anyone complains that there aren't enough movies with female lead characters, I'm going to direct them to Entertainment Weekly for their answer. Because according to EW and writer Adam Markovitz, a strong, independent female who refuses to be corseted by gender roles is gay. Or could be. She could definitely be gay maybe.
In an insipid attempt at provocation, Markovitz contributes the post Could the heroine of Pixar's 'Brave' be gay? to EW's PopWatch blog. (h/t Roger Ebert) After opening with a forced parallelism of gay pride parades and kids going to see Brave, Markovitz writes:
The two events don’t seem to have much in common at first glance. But it’s quite possible that while watching Brave’s tomboyish heroine shoot arrows, fight like one of the boys, and squirm when her mother puts her in girly clothes, a thought might pop into the head of some viewers: Is Merida gay?
Actually, the first thing most people will think — at least I did — was: "Merida's cool! I wish I were that comfortable with myself as a teenager." She's a great role model for kids, especially girls. She's independent, demands respect, is headstrong but responsible, athletic, smart, clever, and complex. There's a bit of Belle from Beauty and the Beast in Merida, but she's mostly a unique creation in the Disney universe. But since she eschews a dainty princess existence for a rough-and-tumble adventurousness, this somehow makes her kinda-sorta a lesbian. "Her love of unprincess-like hobbies, including archery and rock-climbing," Markovitz writes, "is sure to strike a chord with gay viewers who felt similarly 'not like the other kids' growing up." Or she will strike a chord with the millions of straight kids who are "not like other kids" or the millions of straight adults who grew up feeling different than other kids or people who like rock climbing.Read More